A Golden Age of Astronomy?

By tony_crawshaw

12 February 2013

1 minute read

The Orion nebula is featured in this sweeping image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

The Orion nebula is featured in this sweeping image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

Are we entering a ‘Golden Age of Astronomy’? CSIRO astrophysicist Ray Norris certainly thinks so.

He talks with Radio National’s Antony Funnell about the exciting new technologies, techniques and telescopes now available to scientists, to better aid our understanding of the Universe. He believes that the field is now ripe with opportunity for inspired astronomers and their study of the stars.

For the amateur stargazers amongst us, volunteer crowd sourced astronomy projects such as ‘Galaxy Zoo‘ are also discussed. Projects like this allow all of us to be involved in large scale galactic research.

The full Radio National interview can be heard here.